Fall 2014 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course will focus on the unique range and diversity of German literature and thought from the end of the nineteenth-century until the 1960s. It will locate the beginnings of the radical changes Nietzsche's ideas created and their influence on the early Expressionist movement. In addition, it will examine some of the major works of the pre-and post-WWI era and consider the political trends and upheavals which shaped and warped this brilliantly creative artistic period. Exploring works composed in Germany just before the rise of the Third Reich and works produced by some of the greatest German artists in exile, we also will consider the creative output of the generation of poets and writers coming of age in the post-World War II period, capturing in shattering words the reality of loss, betrayal, and anguish.
Nietzsche, The Birth of Tragedy
Heinrich Mann, Man of Straw
Thomas Mann, Death in Venice and Other Stories
Thomas Mann, Dr. Faustus
E. M. Remarque, All Quiet in the Western Front
B. Brecht The Three Penny Opera
W. Borchert, Man Outside
Guenther Grass, Cat and Mouse
Additional texts may include: H. Herwig, Hammer or Anvil; Peter Gay, Weimar Culture and poems by Hofmansthal, Trakl, Rilke, Elsa Lasker-Schueler, Gottfried Benn, Lichtenstein, Bertolt Brecht, and Paul Celan.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Regular class attendance, participation in class discussions, one class presentation, two
Regular class attendance and participation in class discussions (20% of the final grade); two papers (60% of the final grade),the first should be one or two-pages, the second, 10-15 pages, in addition to one class presentation (20% of the final grade).